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by Jim Murchison
From that point forward the gumbo got just a little spicier
By the time Charlotte Stewart entered as the perpetually crabby Ouiser, the relationships started to focus and the audience jumped on board. Stewart gets to deliver a lot of sardonic one liners which she did with a gusto that seemed to provide the final ingredient the cast needed to let loose. From that point forward the gumbo got just a little spicier, the relationships coalesced and a pretty fine ensemble established themselves on the stage.
Shelby and mother M’Lynn round out the cast of characters. Shelby is played with an interesting combination of rebellious stubbornness and old fashioned values by Chandel Gamble.
Director Tom Taylor obviously respects the story and just lets it unfold. Whether the cast is playing the mood of an ambling river on a laconic summers day or the dangerous raging flood waters after the levy breaks, there is a genuine love and community feeling that comes through in the playing. There’ll be lots of places to laugh and those that like a good cry certainly won’t go away disappointed either.
Steel Magnolias runs until June 15